Moor Green Lakes Group

Reserve car park and closing time  click here.    Group Visits please  click here.

View of South Colebrook Lake (Copyright © 2013 Steve Arnold)

View of South Colebrook Lake (Copyright © 2013 Steve Arnold)

Car Park closes at 8.00pm

Flower-spotting walk - Tuesday 14th May

As mentioned in the last Moor Green Lakes Group newsletter, there will be a walk on the reserve to spot flowers, led by Peter Scott and Irene Draper. It will take place on Tuesday 14 May, starting at 10 am from the car park off Lower Sandhurst Road. It is not necessary to book - just turn up on the day - but if you wish to register an early interest, email Peter Click here

Small mammal trapping - Saturday 25th May - 8:30am

We will be examining live catching traps to discover what small mammals are living in the undergrowth in part of Moor Green Lakes Reserve

Numbers are limited, so please book by emailing click here before 22nd May to receive full details and the opportunity to help with setting the traps beforehand

Open to all. Donations welcome. Accompanied children welcome. No dogs.

Appeal to Car Park Users - Not a member?

Please consider becoming a member. Join Now

For just £10 per year, cheaper than 1 Adult visit to a National Trust property or 5 hours of car-parking at the Oracle Reading.

Your money goes to help with the upkeep of the reserve which encouraged a wide range of wildlife.

Without management the reserve would revert to woodland, or worse, yet another fishery.

In 2018 the group spent a lot of money to improve the car parking facilities, as a car park user please think about giving something back.

Colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls

There is an ongoing programme to ring the Black-headed gulls that are bred in the Berkshire colonies. The process includes colour-ringing. If you should see a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull please note the date, location and ring number and send the details to the County Recorder at


The Moor Green Lakes Group (MGLG) was established in 1993 as an organisation to help manage the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve in Berkshire, England. Our aims are:

  • To improve the Reserve for wildlife
  • Record and monitor that wildlife
  • Enhance the facilities of the Reserve for members of the Moor Green Lakes Group and other visitors

Moor Green Lakes News

Friday 9th November 2018 - Official opening of Moor Green Lakes Car Park Extension

The official opening of the Moor Green Lakes Group (MGLG) car park extension and refurbishment took place on Friday 9th November 2018. Cllr Roland Cundy, Chairman of the Finchampstead Parish Council officiated at the opening. Also present were members of the MGLG committee and some other group members.

picture of official opening of car park extension

Official opening on car park extension, by Cllr Roland Cundy.
Copyright © 2018 Stuart Croft

The MGLG had been planning to extend the car park for many years but this finally became possible with Finchampstead Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council agreeing to provide grants to help fund the work.

Because of the proximity of some valuable trees, it was necessary to lay a protective honeycomb mesh below the car park surface to prevent damage to the tree roots. The MGLG is grateful to all those who who provided funding towards this important work.

August 2018 - Annual report for 2017

Now available here

August 2018 - August newsletter 2018

Now available here

May 2018 - Web site has moved to a new ISP

Restoration work Blog

One of our members, Angus McDonald, has a blog about the changes that have happened to the larger Moor Green Lakes, Manor Farm and Fleethill Farm area, particulary the restoration work. Well worth a look, his website. click here

Health and Safety issues on the Reserve

If visitors identify any Health and Safety issues on the Reserve, then please report them to the Site Liaison Officer

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Latest Sightings

bank vole

A Bank Vole at the Autumn Mammal Survey.
Photographer Mary

wood mouse

A Wood Mouse at the Autumn Mammal Survey.
Photographer Mary


A Robin in the process of bird ringing, from the open day.
Photographer Iain Oldcorn

Upcoming Work Party Schedule

For more information on planned work click here

  • Sunday 12th August 2018
  • Thursday 16th August 2018
  • Tuesday 21st August 2018
  • Sunday 9th September 2018
  • Thursday 20th September 2018 (change of date)
  • Sunday 14th October 2018
  • Tuesday 23rd October 2018
  • Sunday 11th November 2018
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018
  • Sunday 9th December 2018
  • Tuesday 18th December 2018
  • Sunday 13th January 2019
  • Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Sunday 10th February 2019
  • Tuesday 19th February 2019
  • Sunday 10th March 2019
  • Thursday 21st March 2019

Tales from Moor Green Lakes

2018-09-21  More Green Car Park

2018-09-17  Phew! What A View

2018-08-22  The benefits of taking photographs to identify insects

2018-06-20  Bumper Year for Barn Owls

2018-03-20  My Tern on the Raft

2018-02-16  Clearing Tern Island

2018-02-15  Enviromental Endeavours

2018-02-04  New Owl Boxes

2018-01-17  Heatening Hedge Laying

2017-11-18  Volunteer Leader Update - Plover Island

2017-11-22  Roboteers Start Your Engines

2017-10-18  Volunteer Leader Update - Hide Maintenance

2017-09-15  Out with the Scrub and in with the Birds

2017-07-31  Amber Alert: Shelducks Nesting!

2017-07-26  Volunteer Leader Update - Grove Lake Hide

2017-07-20  Volunteer Leader Update - Balsam Bashing

2017-07-12  Ticks – Staying Safe This Summer

2017-07-10  Finchampsteads Finest Entomologists

2017-07-08  Children find watery insects at Talavera

2017-07-06  Extreme ragwort removal at Moor Green Lake

2017-05-17  Mammals for Members of Moor Green Lakes

2017-05-16  Machine Manoeuvres at Moor Green Lakes.

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